Giuliani surrogate calls Muslims ‘madmen’

GIULIANI SURROGATE CALLS MUSLIMS ‘MADMEN’….John Deady, a designated surrogate for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, and a leader of “Veterans for Rudy,” was caught on video making some jaw-dropping comments about Muslims. Here’s what Deady said about Giuliani:

“He’s got I believe the knowledge and the judgment to attack one of the most difficult problems in current history and that is the rise of the Muslims, and make no mistake about it, this hasn’t happened for a thousand years. These people are very, very dedicated and they’re also very smart, in their own way. We need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people until we defeat or chase them back to their caves — or in other words get rid of them.”

It certainly sounded like Deady wasn’t just targeting so-called “Islamofascists,” but rather was talking publicly about chasing all Muslims “back to their caves,” and getting “rid of them.”

Greg Sargent tracked Deady down yesterday afternoon, and the Giuliani surrogate didn’t back down at all. Indeed, he made matters worse. Asked, for example, if he stood by his comments, Deady said:

“I most assuredly do. I’ve been very concerned about this Muslim thing for quite awhile. The average American does not know beans about what the Muslims are about. I am talking about the Muslims in general. I don’t subscribe to the principle that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims. They’re all Muslims.”

Deady added, “When I say get rid of them, I wasn’t necessarily referring to genocide.”

He wasn’t “necessarily” referring to genocide?

As of late last night, the Giuliani campaign said it would ask Deady to resign “if these quotes are accurate.” Stay tuned.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.